ROW80 – Round 4 – Check-in #2

It’s Sunday and it’s time to update you on my ROW80 progress since Wednesday. FYI, you can find a list of my goals here.

Work In Progress Goals:

  • Read another 2 chapters (4 and 5) of Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
  • I got my 5 hours in on my WIP outline:
    • Flushed out story idea (basic – something to work from).
    • Wrote “perfect” review.
    • Defined outline method: Mind Map with bits of pictorial outlining.
    • Downloaded and printed a google calendar to keep timeline.
    • Crafted basic premise sentence – will require tweaking as the story idea solidifies.
    • Did a list of 20 what ifs (expected and unexpected), 4 or 5 possible big moments and 2 possible complications for each.
  • It wasn’t outlined as a goal but I secured a ROW80 Sista; Nancy J. Nicholson (also a WANA711 Sista). She has graciously agreed that she and I would be each other’s accountability partner and cheerleader. Considering our goals are quite similar (you can find her’s here – outline and regular blogging), I know it’ll be a match made in ROW80 heaven! We got the idea from Gene Lempp’s blog post on the benefits of having a ROW partner.

Blogging Goals:

  • Blogged 6 days (8 posts) this week including this post.
  • I read and commented on over 15 blogs (for a weekly total of over 50).
  • I retweeted/tweeted on over 10 blog posts (for a weekly total of over 50).
  • I reported on my ROW80 goals on schedule.


So far, I am still feeling really good about my progress. Well, we are only a week in so I should hope so. LOL!

I got some great feedback from a lot of you about balancing my WIP and blogging/tweeting (thank you ahhmazing friends…)and although I didn’t do so great on the earlier part of the week on my WIP, I took control of things and achieved a better balance through the later part of the week. A good part of going to the camp and not having Internet access means that the only thing I CAN do is read/write!

How is your ROW80 progress going thus far?



  1. Go Natalie!! This is the best out of the gate “performance” I’ve seen in a long time. Keep trucking!

  2. *waves pompoms*
    Seems like you are on a great path!
    And I like the idea of a ROW partner. Good going for both of you!
    Keep it up =)

  3. Way to go Natalie! My pink and silver sparkly pom poms are high in the sky waving for you!
    What a great start! You are such an amazing lady – and your support of other writers/bloggers is stupendous. Definitely an inspiration!

  4. Awesome job, Natalie! The fact that you can do all that writing/plotting AND blog 6 times is amazing. Keep up the great work, and congrats on finding the accountability partner. That’s a big help.

  5. All Right! *high five* Great start! Keep the fire burning, Natalie!

  6. Girlie girl you are rocking the row! 🙂 I love how you credited back Gene when giving details on your Rowsista. I didn’t even think to do that! I may have to add something similar to my Wednesday check-in.

  7. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    GREAT JOB! ROW80 Sista! I’m amazed. Keep up the good work. I’m inspired and so glad to be your partner for this event.

  8. Awesome job, Natalie! I’m not in as good shape as you are but hopefully next week I will be ahead of the game 🙂

  9. You make me want to work on spreading the blog love. Nice work this week. Lets ROW.

  10. Congrats to you and Nancy on becoming ROWsista’s! Super Awesome 🙂

    Great job on your goals as well. Impressive list and the fact that you managing it is incredible.

    Have a great week!

    • Thanks so much Gene!
      Good week this week – I am sure I’ll have mine that aren’t so great. LOL! Hubby had a big camp project and that left me with oddles of hours to plot and write.
      Have a fantatic week!

  11. Great job Natalie! I’m breaking out some high kicks circa 8th grade, which was my one and only year as a cheerleader. Keep up the great work and I might pull out a split for you (if you promise to help me up). 🙂

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